What Type Of Roof Adds The Most Value To A Home?

Types of Home Roofing & Home Roof Cost

Whether you are looking to replace a roof in a home you plan to stay in for decades or are putting on finishing touches to a remodel before selling your house it is important to know the options that come with roof replacement and how they can impact your property value. Continue reading to learn more about the different types of roofs available and how they can impact the value of your home.

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Different Types of House Roof Options

When thinking of doing a roof replacement on a home the first option that comes to mind is often asphalt shingles, however there are several options that may be less popular but may have more suitable benefits and even last longer. There are asphalt shingles, natural stone slate shingles, shingles made from wood, and several styles of metal roof options available. When narrowing down options it is important to take into account cost, exterior appeal, housing market trends, and whether or not the investment will increase your home’s overall value, especially if you’re planning on selling your home on the real estate market.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingle roofing is one of the most common roof types in North America. This relatively low cost roofing option is generally one of the more cost effective roof replacement options and its versatility in its design allows it to work perfectly for many different styles and shapes of homes. The general durability of an asphalt shingle roof means they often hold up under harsh conditions longer, and when they need to be repaired the project repairs are often quick and maintain their value. Because of the low cost of asphalt shingles the installation is much more affordable than other types of roofs which can help increase the home’s value.

Slate Roofs

Slate tiles are seen as a more high-end option on the spectrum of roofing options. Because the cost of materials tends to be higher than other shingle roofing options, not every roofing contractor will provide slate as a part of their services when bidding a home roof replacement. Slate tiles have one of the highest upfront costs for installation on the market, and because of this may not add value to your home in the way other options can. However, the lifespan of a slate roof on a home that has received regular maintenance and proper repairs can last up to 80 and even 100 years, so even though slate roofs require a costly installation, homeowners who plan to stay in a home for many decades or pass down their home to a loved one may see the value in slate tiles for a home property. Another reason slate roof tiles may have a higher cost is their weight can mean structural changes may be necessary prior to a roof replacement to make sure your home’s roof is able to provide proper support for the heavier natural materials. For most who plan to sell their home and are seeking to raise their home’s value a more economical roof type may be more cost effective such as metal roofs, asphalt shingles, or other more economical roofing materials.

Cedar Roof

Cedar shingles have an extremely unique and distinctive look that works great for some. Each shingle is made from a cutting of cedar wood which will add unique designs due to the natural wood grain. Homes with a cedar shingle roof add a more rustic feel to a home’s overall design. While these natural roof shingles don’t have the most expensive installation costs, their lifespan can vary depending on the condition of local weather. Cedar shingles can require more roof maintenance since the materials are natural and even when treated can have issues with water damage, mold, rot, and mildew which can increase the cost of your roof. Because the materials are naturally flammable you may need to have them treated to make them resistant to fire. Home sellers replacing a roof prior to listing their property on the housing market may want to look at replacement options that are both more cost effective and made from more durable materials.

Copper Roof

Copper roofing has a very unique and interesting look and has some unique benefits as well. Because copper metal roofs are made with durable metal materials, a roof replacement made with copper can last up to 80 years if the roof is properly installed and maintained. Because of the material quality of copper roofs the real estate market and roofing professionals consider copper roofing to be a lifelong roofing option. Copper metal roofs are very resistant to natural elements and can withstand intense weather such as hail. A copper roof is more of an investment than other shingle or metal roofs, but because the materials are so durable and the lifespan is quite long many believe this to be a higher value roof replacement investment. It’s important to keep in mind your plans for the home such as remodeling, whether you plan to move, or how long you’re staying at the home. Home sellers may be cautious to invest in a type of roof like this because it may not increase the home’s value enough to make the roof replacement investment project worth it. This type of metal roof shrinks and expands due to the temperature and weather conditions which. One of the unique benefits from copper roofs is how the metal can reflect heat from the sun away from the exterior of your house which can help reduce the cost of your energy bills.

Metal Standing Seam

Metal standing seam roofs have all of the benefits of metal roofs and have a much greater curb appeal than corrugated metal roofs. These metal metals are interlocked along the roof to create a simple, highly durable, and visually appealing metal roof. Of all roof types these roofs are some of the longest lasting and can have a lifespan upwards of 80 years. Metal roofing has a mid-to-high price point being more expensive than a majority of other roofing options. The roof replacement installation, cost of materials, and somewhat specialized labor are the major factors in the higher cost. Because metal roofs are highly durable, the exterior of your home roof will be well protected and if maintained will stay in great condition for decades. Most home maintenance for metal roofs is generally fairly simple and because of that can be cost effective over many decades. Some homeowners report metal roofs are louder than a shingle roof when it comes to rainfall and hail, however there are soundproofing options available.

Asphalt Shingles Roof & Benefits

When comparing the variety of roof replacement options the most common one known to increase the value of a house is asphalt shingles. There are many benefits when using asphalt shingles, and while they may not have all of the benefits of other roof options, shingles are a great choice for home property because of their simplicity, the home value, and the value out of choosing a simple, popular option that will bode well for home sellers looking to list a property on the housing market. Understanding the balance of the cost of a project and the financial value is vital when doing exterior renovations to a home with the intent on increasing the home value before selling.

Popular Design

In most neighborhoods across the US you will find many homes that have asphalt shingles installed across the roof. These are the most popular roofing options, and one of the reasons they are popular is because of the design options available. There are many different colors ranging from dark blacks, different shades of brown to mimic the color tones of wood, greens, grays, silvers, etc. This range of color options for shingles gives homeowners the option to give their home a distinct look without having to choose a more expensive roofing material.

Cower Installation Cost

Asphalt shingles are one of the lowest options when comparing to other shingles or other styles. Asphalt shingles have a relatively low price point for the materials, are typically easier to install than other options, and because of their popularity usually don’t require any specialized installation like a metal standing seam roof may require. These shingles also have a unique flexibility to be customized for different styles of homes and make installation a little easier on homes with unique architecture.

Limites Fire Damage, Mildew, Mold, & Algae Growth

Shingles made from asphalt aren’t the most durable roof material option on the market, however they do have some great benefits when it comes to their durability and resistance. These shingles aren’t as flammable as other options and can even limit fire damage in some cases. The way these shingles are designed, when properly installed and maintained they don’t create an environment for issues like mildew, mold, or algae growth. No shingle is perfect but at a much lower price point asphalt shingles are able to protect your home while increasing the home value overall.

Higher Value Increase When Installed

Based on the housing market, most planning to sell their home shingles made from asphalt and the best when comparing a new roof cost to the increase in home value. Because longer lasting and more durable roof replacement options tend to be a much larger investment, a roof made from asphalt shingles will yield a higher property value without requiring a larger investment that will only pay off for long-term tenants. Choosing an option that is popular, easy to install, has its own list of unique benefits, and is generally liked by homebuyers is a great option.

Asphalt vs Metal Roof

Asphalt and Metal are often seen as the two options that provide the greatest value for homeowners, but depending on the circumstances can both provide their own unique value. Asphalt is an excellent choice whether or not a homeowner is planning to sell their home or they plan to live in it for decades to come. Metal roofs have excellent benefits, but because of the higher installation and material cost these roof types are more likely to provide value over many decades because of their extreme durability and long lifespan.

Comparing Lifespan

While asphalt shingle roofs do last several decades when maintained properly they will likely need replacing within 30 years and are not seen as a lifetime investment, but a lower cost investment with a higher short time value. The lifespan of metal roofs can be from 40 years to as many as 80 years depending on the materials used, coatings applied, wear and tear, and maintenance.

Comparing Treatments

There are certain criteria of whether or not asphalt shingles should be sealed or coated to rehydrate the asphalt roof. These can depend on things like the time of year installation is done and what the local climate is like throughout the year. For more information on sealing asphalt and metal roofs please reach out to our experts.

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Certified to install many standard commercial roofing systems, DeMarco is able to provide excellent roofing installations and maintenance from everything from schools and hospitals to skyscrapers.

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For over 3 decades DeMarco has worked with homeowners all across Columbus to assist homeowners in making the best possible choice for their home roof projects from installation to general repair and upkeep.

Home Construction Services

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Masonry & Caulking Property Services

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